Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Colours

Today on the first day of autumn, I was inspired to create a simple card using fall colours and the autumn images from the September CTMH Stamp of the Month - S1609 Blessed Beyond Measure.

Color inspiration from:

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Pleated Skirt Fold/Drapery Fold Card

Singing Butterfly Adornments
Darcel Kirvan – An Independent Close to my Heart Consultant

Pleated Skirt Fold/Drapery Fold (May 2016)
Supplies Needed:
-          Scoring board & tool        - paper cutter (that can cut wide, angled pieces)
-          Double sided 12/12 sheet of patterned cardstock (for skirt fold)        
-          Card bases (A2 ideal size) or cardstock to make the base     - Pencil and eraser          - Adhesive of choice
-          To decorate: other papers, stamps and inks of choice, ribbon, shimmer trim or washi tape, other accessories

Cutting Instructions
Use an A2 card base (4 ¼” x 5 ½”) – vertical orientation.

1.  Choose a  12” x 12” double sided patterned cardstock.  Ideally it should have a medium or large print on one side and a small print on the back.

2.   Cut the patterned cardstock at 7 ¾” x 3”.

3.  On the right side of the paper, make a mark 1¼” down from the top corner.  On the bottom of the paper, make a tick mark 3” from the left corner.

4.   Cut the paper from mark to mark to create the angle.

Scoring and Folding Instructions
5.  Score the paper with the long uncut side at the top.  Score at: 3”, 3 ½”, 5” and 6 1/8”.

6.  Fold the paper accordion style on the score lines, back and forth. 

Working backwards from right to left: (starting with the score line closest to the shortest side of the paper) mountain fold, valley fold, mountain fold, valley fold.

Card Assembly

7.  Put some adhesive on the back of each pleat to hold the pleats together.

8.  Attach the pleated skirt fold paper to your card base in the desired location.

9.  Decorate card as desired.

Alternate – Card size 6.5” x 5” – horizontal orientation
- Double sided cardstock – cut 10” x 3”.

- Mark 5” on bottom side, mark 1 ½” down on right hand side.  Cut on angle from one mark to the other.

- Score at 5”, 5 ½”, 7” and 8 1/8”.

- Use previous directions to assemble.

Happy Times Pleated Skirt Fold Card

New technique, new stamp set and new paper to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month. I thought I'd try the Pleated Skirt Fold technique that I've been seeing everywhere.  The paper  and stamp set are the special Happy Times CMTH promos.

Inspired by Color Dare #192

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Turning 18

The colour challenge really comes in handy when you have to make a card and don't know where to start.  The colours inspire the images and overall look and before you know it your card is done!

My niece is turning 18.  These bright colours reflect her youthfulness and the brightness of her future.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Pear, Ruby and Colonial White
Inks - Pear, Honey, Gypsy and Ruby
Stamp Sets - For Family C1633, Charming Cascades D1668, Life in Pictures - April 2016 Stamp of the Month S1604
Cricut cartridge - Artistry (photo frame, 18, eat cake sentiment)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Gem baby block card

Front view

Baby block card using CTMH - C1629 Diamonds Are Forever stamp.  Inspired by the Colour Challenge # 188 from Color My Heart Color Dare Blog.

Top view

Rear view

Bottom view

C1629 Diamonds Are Forever

Baby Block Card tutorial

Singing Butterfly Adornments
Darcel Kirvan – An Independent Close to my Heart Consultant

Baby Block Card

Supplies Needed:
-         - Scoring board & tool        - Cardstock (1 sheet of 12” x 12” paper) for card base        
-          - Other cardstock or patterned paper to decorate your card    - Adhesive of choice
-          Paper cutter          - Scissors              - Small stamps     - Inks of choice

Cutting Instructions
Cardstock for card base (12” x 12” sheet) - One 12” x 12” sheet will make two cards.
Base – 4 ½” x 12”                                              Base support – 1” x 4 ½”

Blocks (made from plain or patterned cardstock of your choice) – 1 3/8” x 1 3/8” (need 15) and 1 piece of 1 3/8” x 4 3/8”

Alternate: If you want to layer the block pieces. Cut your frame/base at 1 3/8” x 1 3/8” and the top/decorative layer at 1 ¼” x 1 ¼”. (cut 15 of each)

Scoring Instructions

1.     1.  Card base (4 ½” x 12” piece) – Score every 1 ½”  at 1 ½”, 3”, 4 ½”, 6”, 7 ½”, 9” and 10 ½”.

 2.  Turn the card base vertically.  Score at 1 ½” and 3”.  (The scoring lines should cross each other and create a series of small squares.)

3.  Score the base support piece in half (1” x 4 ½” piece) at ½”.

Additional Cutting Instructions
4.  Cut out the bottom and middle square of the fourth row. (Paper is upside down and backwards in the image below.)

5.  Cut out the bottom square in both the third and fifth row.

6.  Cut across the top of the bottom square in both the second and the sixth row.

7.  Cut across the top of the middle square in both the third and fifth row.

Folding and Assembly Instructions
8.  Fold/bend back the squares that you cut along the tops of.  (Bottom squares in second and sixth row.  Middle squares in third and fifth row.)

9. Top row folds:  Mountain fold between the third and fourth blocks, and the fourth and fifth blocks.

10.  Entire 8th column: Mountain fold between seventh and eighth blocks (entire length).

11.  Glue the flaps of the bottom row together and the flaps of the middle row together.

 12.  Fold the base support piece along the fold line/in half. 

13.  Glue the base support piece on the insides of both of the outer edges of the card base piece.  (The base support piece should be hidden on the inside.)  Your card can now stand up.

14. Stamp desired images or sentiments on the 1 3/8” x 4 3/8” piece.  Glue that piece to the bottom of the card. 

15.  Stamp images as desired on the block pieces (1 3/8” x 1 3/8” pieces). 

16.  Glue the block pieces onto the exterior of the card.

17.  Decorate your card as desired.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Green & White Dare Part 1

My first attempt at the green and white colour challenge # 187 from Color My Heart Dare.

It was great timing because I have a friend who loves green and her birthday was fast approaching.

Alas, I messed up the stamping of the sentiment and had to re-stamp on the sentiment on separate cardstock, cut it out and place it over the mistake.  As you can see in this image, the edges of this piece were quite visible, so I covered it over with more flowers and another strip of shimmer tape.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the final card.  (I liked this simple design best though!)

Mother's Day Baby Block card

Front, top, bottom and rear view

Front view
Top view
Rear view

Bottom view

To create this mother's day card, I used the following Close to My Heart products:

Stamp sets:
D1665 Blossoming Expressions
C1607 Someone Special
M1137 A Day for Mother
C1608 Brushstrokes 
also retired stamps: S1508 Framed and C1617 You're the Bomb.

Ink colours: Lagoon, Pixie, Hollyhock, Sapphire, Peacock, Sky Blue

Cardstock colours: White Daisy and Outdoor Denim (retired)

C1617 You're the Bomb (retired)

C1607 Someone Special

M1137 A Day for Mother

S1508 Framed (retired)
C1608 Brushstrokes

D1665 Blossoming Expressions

Nautical themed baby block card

A collage of the front, back, top and bottom of the card

I had a blast making this style of card.  There are so many extra surfaces to decorate that it allows a person to use most of the image and sentiment stamps from one stamp set.  It stands up all on its own to allow the receiver to proudly display the handmade card you have so lovingly crafted for them.  Best of all, it folds down to fit inside a standard envelope.

Front view of the card
Rear and top view of the card

Bottom view of the card
For instructions on how to make a Baby Block style of card, see my instruction post.

This card was inspired by the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge #188. The colours required this week are White Daisy, Sapphire, Pomegranate, Glacier and Flaxen - all colours from the Regatta paper pack.

The card was made using the My Anchor (C1642) stamp set.

Postnote:  Oooh!  Not to brag (but I am), this is my first time winning an award for a challenge.  This card won the Emerald (1st runner up) Award.  I'm so proud!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Circle Telescoping Card

Singing Butterfly Adornments
Darcel Kirvan – An Independent Close to my Heart Consultant

Circle Telescoping Card

Supplies Needed:

-          Circle punches, die cuts or circle cutters
-          Plain or patterned cardstock
-          Brads (2-3 per card)
-          Ribbon
-          Piercing tool or scissors
-          Stamps and inks
-          Decorative elements of your choice
-          Adhesive

1.   Cut three circles (each successively 1” smaller than the previous circle.) 
Recommended sizes:  Rear: 5”, Middle: 4” and Top: 3”.

2.  If you want to add decorative layers to each level, cut circles ½” smaller than the base sizes.
Recommended sizes:  Rear: 4 1/2”,  Middle: 3 ½”, Top: 2 ½”

3.  Decorate each layer as desired with stamped images, die cuts or other embellishments.

4.  Pierce a hole in the bottom of the middle circle.  (Approximately ½” up from edge, or where desired to achieve the correct alignment/placement of the circles.)

5.  Turn the middle circle upside down and place it on top of the bottom layer. This alignment is the most difficult step in making these types of cards.

6.  Use the hole in the middle circle as a guide for placement of the hole in the bottom layer.  Pierce a hole in the bottom layer.

7.  Attach the middle and bottom layers together by inserting a brad through the two holes.

8.  Pierce a hole in the bottom of the smallest/ top circle.

9.  Turn the smallest/top circle upside down and place it on top of the middle layer.

10.  Use the hole in the smallest/top circle as a guide for placement of the hole at the top of the middle layer.  Pierce a hole in the middle layer. 

11.  Attach the smallest/top layer to the middle layer by inserting a brad through the two holes.
12.  Attach a short loop of ribbon to the top (rear side) of the smallest/top layer.  You can attach the ribbon with another brad or use adhesive.  (The ribbon is used to hang the card up.)

13.  Rotate the top layer so that it is on top of the middle layer.  Rotate the top and middle layer so that the card appears to be one single circle.